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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Birmingham is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you’ve received this information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Birmingham’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is yours.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 205-236-7269, stop by our Birmingham showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.